Monday, February 27, 2012

The Return of "Pearls, Books, and Tea"

The SophistiKat's Book Club is BACK!!
For March we introduce you to another NEW author Shella Gillus and book "The Loom" that takes us back in time with a story not uncommon for the era.



Shella Gillus fell in love with the arts as a child. By age ten, she wrote her first chapter book, a three-act play and performed in several theatrical shows.  During her teenage years, she penned and performed in plays for her local church and organized a series of summer self-esteem workshops for underprivileged youth in South Tucson.

Shella earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona and Screen Actor’s Guild membership while working in the film industry in Los Angeles. Under the tutelage of a skilled playwright, she honed her skills as a writer before becoming a professional actress for Childsplay, an award-winning theatre company. 

Shella was crowned Miss Black Heritage, 1st runner-up Miss Black Arizona, Miss Congeniality, Copper Bowl Princess and University of Arizona Homecoming Royalty. 
She has made two appearances on the Oprah Winfrey show. 
The Loom is her fiction debut. She lives with her husband, Stacey, and their two children, Spencer and Staci, in Dallas.



A slave is torn between the love she has and the life she doesn’t.
Lydia was a common slave with a common life until the day she entered a world no slave had gone before. Pale skin and deceit opened the door to wealth and a power she had only dreamed of. 
But what she didn’t count on was falling in love. 
What she didn’t realize was life was not always black or white.

Purchase your copy from Amazon

We will meet and discuss the book at the end of March. 
I will announce the Date, Time, and Location.
@TNBeautyQueen
@TheSophistiKats

Monday, February 6, 2012

On the Rise


I LOVE discovering New Music. .Especially discovering a HOTT new artist!!

Tommy Redding isn't new to the music industry. He has graced the stage with WELL known artist such as Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Young Joc, and Busta Rhymes (Just to name a few). From San Diego, California he definitely has his own Swagger and Strong vocals to back him up as the total package.
Oh. .and don't let me forget Ladies. .He is definitely HANDSOME!!


Check out his SMASH video "Her Song" (above)

Also show your support by following him on Twitter at @IamTommyRedding and Purchase the single from iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/her-song-single/id486917415

@TNBeautyQueen
@TheSophisitKats

13* Things Men Find Sexiest About a Woman

Now you all know by now. .I STAY on Essence.com
As women we always want to know what men think of us. What they like. .dislike. .and of course find sexy. In his latest installment my favorite "Matchmaker" Paul Carrick Brunson shares the 13* Things men find most sexy about us. Trust me this is a must read!!



What is sexy to you?

I'm fascinated with this question. I ask it frequently on Twitter and to all of my clients in our initial meeting. What's most interesting is that sometimes it's answered with purely physical characteristics while others respond with personality traits. Another intriguing aspect of the responses is that while ladies have a wide variation in what they consider sexy, fellas are narrower with their thoughts.

Having asked this question to what I estimate to be over 1,000 men in the last 3 years, I have compiled my own list of what the guys revealed. Ladies, it’s time to listen up.

These are the thirteen things men find most sexy about a woman, promise!

Fit Legs
You’ve heard of a “breast man” and “butt man” types, but there is a third type of man out there, and he ain’t playin’. Meet the “lower limb lover” aka the “leg man.” When I recently polled a few hundred men on Twitter, “legs” was by far the number one sexy thing about a woman.

Unshakable Faith
“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.” Nothing is sexier than that.

Mean Shoe Game
Shocker: Men look at shoes, too. Five to six-inch heels will get his attention. Trust Me!

A Pleasant Scent
To the surprise of many, attraction actually begins with scent. .YES, scent.

Ample Derriere
As a good friend of mine says, “big butts win championships.”

Patti Labelle Skills
As my grandma says, “A sure way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” This was and is still true.


Select Cleavage
Don’t let the girls hang all the way out, but don’t keep them completely covered either.

Understated Confidence
When confidence is conveyed in a subtle way, it’s always more sexy.

An Adventurous Spirit
Be daring and be willing to try new things.

Exposed Back
Specifically, the small of the back. Unveil it and you’ll make the fellas go crazy.

Genuine Happiness
Gandhi said it best: “Genuine laughter is true eloquence.

The Hip to Waist Curve
Here’s another one I bet you didn’t see coming. If your waist is 70% or less than your hip, that’s sexy!

Using His Name
Get your mind out of the gutter. (Smiles!) I’m not just talking about sex. I’m simply talking about in general conversation. The sweetest sound to anyone is hearing his or her own name.

For more advice and to get feedback from the "Modern Day Matchmaker" himself follow him on Twitter at @PaulCBrunson 
Check him out also on http://www.essence.com/point-of-view/modern-day-matchmaker


@TNBeautyQueen
@TheSophistiKats

SophistiKats "Drink of the Month"

It's Heart Health Month so I'm all about staying fit and most of all. .HEALTHY!!
Over the past year I've provided you all with an array of delicious Drinks/Cocktails each month. .and trust me this  month is know different.

This low calorie, light blend of Pink Grapefruit and Lychee Fruit is perfect for a "Girls Night" or a wonderful addition to any dinner. 

Pink Grapefruit and Lychee Cocktail

Ingredients
1 (20-ounce) can lychees in syrup, undrained
Crushed ice
1 cup unsweetened pink grapefruit juice $
1/2 cup vodka
5 pink grapefruit sections 

Preparation
Drain lychees in a colander over a bowl.
Reserve 1 cup syrup. 
Discard remaining liquid. 
Drop 1 lychee in the bottom of each glass
Fill each glass halfway with crushed ice. 
Reserve remaining Lychees for another use.
Combine reserved 1 cup Lychee syrup, Juice, and Vodka in a large martini shaker filled half with ice
Shake until well chilled. 
Strain 1/2 cup syrup mixture into each prepared glass
Garnish each serving with 1 grapefruit section. 
Serve immediately.

Enjoy
@TNBeautyQueen
@TheSophistikats

SophistiKats "Dessert of the Month"

Everyone LOVES a good cookie. .and America's FAVorite cookie is none other than 
"Chocolate Chip
Here is a twist on this classic treat just in time for 
Valentine's Day and Heart Health Month. .

Chocolate Chip Cookie Hearts

Ingredients
2 1/4 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup (2 Sticks) Butter Softened
3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
3/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 Large Eggs
2 Cups (12-ounce package) Nestle Toll House semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 Cup Chopped Nuts
1 Metal (Heat Safe) Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter (1 inch in height)

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Line a 15 by 10-inch jelly roll pan with foil and lightly grease.
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. 
(Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition)
Gradually beat in flour mixture.
Stir in morsels and nuts.
Spread dough into prepared pan.

Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown,
Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
Lift from pan with foil handles to cutting board. 
Cut out hearts with cookie cutter.
Remove hearts while peeling away foil. 
Then Serve*
Enjoy
@TNBeautyQueen
@TheSophistiKats